The resignation of State Minister for Ports and Shipping Nabeel Gabol from the Cabinet should have come as a shock to the Gilani government, for the departing minister was the PPPs only member from Karachi, from its only stronghold there, that of Lyari. Mr Gabol cited personal reasons, and said he had been wanting to resign for some time, but the reason for this unwillingness to go on any further, has meant that that Ministry, already deprived of its minister when Babar Khan Ghauri left the Cabinet along with other MQM ministers, has also lost its Minister of state. That is one of the problems that Mr Gabol faced: the jobs for his constituents were not forthcoming. However, another important reason for resigning, the current operation in the city against those committing target killings, has been brought forward by Mr Gabol, who says that he has not been consulted about it. He is also concerned about the fact that the operation is apparently directed at certain specific ethnicities, and is apparently leaving alone the very ethnicity guilty of the killings. It can also not be ignored that the government is already surrounded by an atmosphere of impermanence. It only survived because it has regained the support of the MQM, though the MQM ministers have not yet been re-inducted into the Cabinet. Though Mr Gabol has resigned before, about a year ago, this time his resignation was accepted, bringing to an end his stay in government. The government should see the writing on the wall. It seems its operation against target killers is causing complaints of ethnic bias, and the government must oust this flaw. It must not lose sight of the axiom that justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done. It should also realize that the violence in Karachi must be stopped, because it is now costing the government members of its Cabinet. That Mr Gabol was unable to solve the problems of his constituents, particularly the need for jobs, would mean that Mr Gabol misunderstood the meaning of Cabinet, in which ministers are not inducted for their constituencies benefit, but the countrys. The deprivation that Mr Gabol must be suffering should not be worsened by the government, and the raid on his house, along with the arrest of his guards, both police and non-police, should not have happened. This attempt by the Sindh government smacks of greater loyalty than the king being shown, and its occurrence shows the kind of government that is being operated. The government should reciprocate Mr Gabols sentiments, which have only been positive for the party and the government.